The following is a list of every scholarship, aid source, and grant program that we know of that can help US citizens fund study abroad to Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and other selected Eurasian states.
Scholarships Applicable to SRAS Programs
The following opportunities are generally applicable to SRAS programs. Note that some (but not all) require you to be enrolled in a program supported by an American university. These are still applicable if your SRAS program is supported by your home university. Contact SRAS for details.
Home and Abroad offers up to $10,000 to students applying to SRAS programs. Combine an intensive internship with your study abroad and build your resume while abroad!
SRAS Challenge Grants are stackable grants. Write while abroad, study in more than one location, or meet other criteria to help fund your SRAS program.
The Funding Information Network helps match organizations and individuals to grant opportunities. See their search map of locations here.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for US students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests. The Boren committee prefers applications for 6-12 months of study, so a summer plus one or two semesters will be optimal. Note as well that applications should focus on how your study abroad will assist you in your professional career (leave discussion of your personal life out or to a minimum). Make sure that your letters of recommendation come from nearly all academic sources (one may be from a supervisor).
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) provides academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students of foreign languages and related area or international studies. Check with your financial aid office to see if your institution is participating.
Fulbright awards several types of grants to applicants who hold a BA, MA, or the equivalent of those degrees (but not a Ph.D.).
Critical Language Enhancement Awards are add-ons to Fulbright grants to assist recepients in learning critical languages in certain countries.
IREX is an international nonprofit organization that provides funding for certain projects in Eurasia.
Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for US citizen undergraduates who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2-year or 4-year colleges or universities.
Cohen Tucker Dissertation Fellowship provides up to $22,000 for doctoral students at US universities who are American citizens or permanent residents to conduct their dissertation research in Russia on topics within the scope of 19th – early 21st century Russian historical studies.
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation supports the development of future leaders at a variety of career stages in several critical fields.
ProjectGO provides funds for study abroad in critical languages for contracted or non-contracted Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Naval ROTC students on track to commission through ROTC from any university or college in the United States.
GI Bill can be used for study abroad if approved. To verify program eligibility and next steps to access your benefits, please consult your campus Veteran Services and/or Study Abroad office. (Info on using the GI Bill to obtain a degree abroad above in Section II).
Whitaker International Fellows and Scholars Program sends emerging leaders in US biomedical engineering or bioengineering overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field.
Malevich Society Grants encourage research, writing, and other activities relating to the history and memory of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich.
Annuity.org gives away $2000 to financially literate students enrolled in US institutions.
The Social Science Research Council supports several awards in their field.
The Foundation for Global Scholars makes several awards between $500 and $2500 annually.
Fund for International Education awards up to $10,000.
The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) gives scholarships to individuals from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations.
Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship awards $1000 for American students enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student in good academic standing at a four-year, degree-granting college or university in the US.
The Global Studies Grants provides grants of $1000 for American students who will study abroad with a program supported by a US college or university.
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad grant is $1000. Any student of a university with a Phi Kappa Phi chapter is eligible (you needn’t be a member of the fraternity to apply).
International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) is run by the National Science Foundation and offers funds for international research and study to students in science and engineering fields.
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship offer several $30,000 awards to recent college grads – nominated through a Watson partner college – to spend a year perusing independent, purposeful travel in international settings new to them.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships are available to Junior-year undergraduates and those applying to Master’s programs.
Zip Conferencing Scholarships awards $2,500 to students studying business or communication related studies.
Rotary District Grants can be used to sponsor university students studying any subject, either locally or abroad.
TEACH Grants provides up to $16,000 in upfront tuition assistance to students who commit to becoming foreign language teachers.
Federal Student Aid (FSA) including Pell Grants, Perkins Loans, PLUS Loans, the GI Bill, and Stafford Loans can be used to study abroad if through a program approved by your university.
Study Abroad Loans is a private company that also offers loans to students enrolled in a US institution at least half time.
International Education Financial Aid
The IEFA is a database of financial aid sources for study abroad, including loans from private companies.
Aid Inapplicable to SRAS Programs
These scholarships can be applied to specific programs offered by organizations other than SRAS. There are many other programs designed to study and explore in this part of the world. We encourage you to consider all of your options.
NCEEER Title VIII Awards grant up to $40,000 for humanities and social sciences research projects in or on any country of Eurasia or East-Central Europe. The primary scholar for the project must be a US citizen and hold a PhD degree.
Intensive Summer Language Institutes offer fully-funded summer language institutes for US university students.
The Alfa Fellowship Program places accomplished young American and British professionals in work assignments at leading organizations in Russia in the fields of business, economics, journalism, law, public policy and related areas.
The Higher School of Economics Scholarships offer assistance in pursuing a full degree program (BA, MA, PhD levels) at the Higher School of Economics.
US Intern Abroad Armenia Scholarships are awarded to Americans enrolled in or recently graduated from American higher education institutions.
National Security Language Initiative for Youth offers funding for high school students aged 15-18 to study abroad in Russia, Central Asia, and other locations.
OSCE Master of Arts in Politics and Security Program offer limited places for Americans for full tuition, housing allowance, monthly stipend, and paid insurance.
KIMEP in Kazakhstan offers a range of assistance for their programs.
The Russian Presidential Academy Scholarships are for students interested in earning a two-year MBA in Global Finance, International Business, Project Management, or Change Management.
American Councils Research Grants
American Councils administers the Title VIII grants from the US government which host scholars heading to a range of Eurasian countries. The funds are then applicable to programs administered by American Councils.
GI Bill can be used for to obtain a degree at approved institutions abroad. Preparatory language studies, if needed for entry into degree studies, are not eligible for coverage with the GI Bill. (Info on use of GI Bill for regular study abroad below in Section III).
There are many other private loan companies, scholarship, and financial aid search engines, and books on the topic that can help you with funding your study abroad experience. However, make sure you check for publication/last update dates before you start spending hours on the information you find, or before you pay for a book or a membership fee. The field is rapidly changing as the US Congress is currently cutting funds for education and particularly international education to Eurasia. There are also scams out there, companies that will offer you loans, but with hidden charges and even several “scholarship scams,” companies and people that charge the application fees for scholarships, but don’t actually give scholarships. Talk about your options with your advisor, never sign up for or pay for something that looks less than professional.